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Rock Hill is the largest city in York County, South Carolina and a satellite city of Charlotte, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 49,765. According to 2004 estimates the city has a population of 57,902. The city is included in the... (More Info and Source) Rock Hill Real Estate

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Charlotte leaders look to recruit companies overseas

Members with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce are preparing to fly to China in May to recruit companies to relocate here.

Eyewitness News reporter Stephanie Coueignoux uncovered the changes that are bringing more jobs from overseas to Charlotte and how it's boosting the local economy.

“(The) cost of living in Asia is rising,” said Eileen Cai, Charlotte Chamber of Economic Development. “(The) cost of labor is rising, energy costs are rising.”

Asian companies, especially from China, are now targeting Charlotte as an affordable place to re-locate and save money, Cai said.  

“Financially they're ready,” Cai said. “They've gotten more experienced. Their products are more sophisticated.”

With so many products saying "Made in China," it's actually cheaper to now make these products in the U.S. so they don't have to ship them overseas.

“A lot of companies feel like this having a facility here is an advantage where they're close to their potential customers,” Cai said.

It's been challenging to find enough local talent to hire, Philip Maung, the CEO of Hissho Sushi in southwest Charlotte said.

The company just added a 5,000-foot warehouse and next month they're set to open two locations inside airports in Nashville and Portland, Oregon.

City officials hope if more international companies move to Charlotte, skilled workers will also follow.

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:22:49 -0500

Warrants state details in triple homicide involving aspiring model

Channel 9 anchor Stephanie Maxwell sifted through search warrants Wednesday for a triple homicide in Charlotte that police said is connected to a homicide in Matthews.

There is a memorial outside the home on Norris Avenue where three people, including former "America's Next Top Model" contestant Mirjana Puhar, her boyfriend, Jonathan Alvarado, and another friend were shot to death.

A week later, emotions are still raw for neighbors.

"I wasn't around when it happened, but they were good neighbors," said Al Thomas. "It's unreal, but all we can do is pray and keep it moving.”


Emmanuel Rangel, 19, was charged with the homicides.

Police collected evidence at the home, on Norris Avenue and in Concord, according to search warrants.

A reliable informant reported the Norris Avenue crime scene to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and they found a marijuana-like substance in a plastic-bag, another brownish-red substance in plastic, numerous shell casings and $140, warrants stated.

One of the victims had several pairs of sneakers stolen from the home, and police confiscated sneakers at Rangel's mother's home, in Concord, records indicated.

The case is drug-related, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officials said.

Meanwhile, investigators are anxious to talk to the two suspects picked up in Texas in a separate case.

They, along with Rangel, were charged in connection with the shooting death of a man outside the Microtel Inn & Suites in Matthews two days before the triple-homicide.

"We're just waiting for the extradition process to take place out there," Officer Tim Aycock, with the Matthews Police Department, said. "It is in progress, and we're just waiting for them to get here."

Police said the cases are connected, but they aren't revealing how.

Warrants from Matthews police showed police confiscated three cellphones for the investigation.

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:48:18 -0500

Harrisburg residents, leaders deal with road construction troubles

Harrisburg residents have had to deal with traffic and construction through their town for more than a year and they just found out it's about to last even longer.

The projects along Highway 49 are designed to update the railroad lines.

Eyewitness News anchor Eric Philips found out town leaders are pushing for answers just as much as everyone else.

Some might call it the price of progress.

Since 2013, construction has been underway to upgrade passenger and freight rail lines and put in overpasses where surface streets currently cross the tracks.

That has led to closing roads and rerouting traffic, frustrating those who live south of the tracks trying to get to Highway 49 or any of the businesses along that main drag because it adds minutes.

Traffic along Robinson Church Road is congested because so many other intersections are closed.

Roberta and Caldwell roads will remain closed until at least the end of year instead of the fall like first projected.

"It's very inconvenient and I think it's very poor planning to do everything at one time," said Harrisburg resident Jeff Cochrane.

To add to it, North Carolina Department of Transportation is simultaneously doing repairs to several bridges that cross creeks in the town.

"It just keeps piling up one right after the other and it doesn't seem to stop and it's been a real pain," said resident George Brun.

Town officials realize it's a headache for residents and businesses, but the state is controlling the timetable, not the town council.

"They can advocate for it, they cannot change the schedule themselves," said Harrisburg's communication director Ann Gibson.

Local officials are hoping to get some answers Monday when the NCDOT briefs council on the progress of the rail construction.

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:35:41 -0500

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